BY Rick Stockwell

You’re from Ukraine, is that right, Dima? What brought you to America, and to New York, specifically? And how long have you lived here?
Yes, I am from Ukraine. I came here three years ago to follow my dream. I always dreamed about the United States and was in love with this country and its people. And after being here, I believe I was able to find myself and focus on what’s important to me. I love New York, because you can be free here and let the best of yourself out. The city is very diverse, and I feel very comfortable in it.

I know you have been going to school. What school did you attend, and what did you study?
Yes, I went to BMCC (Borough of Manhattan Community College) to study business. I think New York is the perfect place for that industry, and it’s one of the reasons why I came to this city.

Where do you see yourself in five years? What do you think you’ll be doing?
I am very fascinated by Bitcoin and the future of the digital industry. I think that’s what I want to do in the next five years. I would like to participate in the shift from one era to another. I like to spend my time learning about these things.

PHOTO & INTERVIEW BY Rick Stockwell @rickstockwell

But what do you do for fun? What do you do besides work out, which I can tell you spend a lot of time doing?
In my free time I like to ride my skateboard around the city. I think it’s the fastest way around. I will even grab onto cars sometimes to get more speed. It’s dangerous, I suppose, but it’s so much fun. I love it! I also love soccer and like to watch soccer matches with my friends at bars.


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Rick grew up in San Diego and after spending his life running back and forth from coast to coast, he and his husband have been happy to call themselves New Yorkers for the past 11 years. As a photographer, he specializes in male physique photos, headshots of actors and models, as well as events and the occasional wedding. His passion before photography was acting and singing. Rick spent most of his life as a professional actor/singer/dancer. He has performed on Broadway, Off- Broadway, in national tours, TV and film, Las Vegas - and even worked as a Top 40 radio disc jockey. He picked up a camera when he discovered that shooting headshots was a better way to earn a living than bartending when he was out of work as an actor. It was only after he found he was making more money with photography that he decided to go full-time as a photographer. He was named the “hot new photographer of 2014” by Next Magazine in their end of the year WHO’S NEXT issue. He has done many covers for GET OUT!, NEXT and CLASSICAL SINGER magazine. He’s also been published in BEAUTIFUL MAG, DNA, 2BExposed and CSM magazines. He was inspired early on by the work of Herb Ritts and Annie Leibovitz.